Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see the Horrible Histories children’s television program live? The Birmingham Theatre company have done just that, bringing the popular BBC children’s history program to the stage.The Wyvern Theatre ran two Horrible Histories Live On Stage productions over last week, Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders Romans, Saxons and Vikings.Me and my eldest daughter, Cat had press tickets to watch Groovy Greeks at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Wiltshire last Thursday.This was Cat’s first time at the theatre, as she’s an avid Horrible Histories fan, collecting many of the books and read the magazine, she was really excited to see the live production.
The Groovy Greeks production was fun, engaging and educational from the start, using a family as way of telling the story of how the ancient Greeks influenced much of our modern society, from theatre, medicine, democracy and philosophy.With many costume changes throughout, lots of humour, songs and 3D effects in the second act, brought the art storytelling to a younger audience and the voice of Zeus, was none other than the author of Horrible Histories himself Terry Deary.
As an adult, I even learnt a few historical facts, the Greeks created theatre and Big Brother sections were my favourites.Cat enjoyed the songs and the 3D effects in the Minotaur maze, even the spiders.We couldn’t fault anything, it was long enough to keep her entertained and she was talking about to her classmates when she got back to school.From the engagement I got from Instagram, I know lots of parents will be looking to book to see the live production of Horrible Histories.
The Horrible Histories Live On stage runs until next July and tour dates can be found on The Birmingham Stage Company website.
We had two press tickets and two drinks vouchers for in exchange for a review.